The City Show is a podcast about the lives of people in fast changing cities across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Each episode explores how cities function and offers rich perspectives about what their dynamic changes mean now, and for the future.
It’s hosted by urbanist Tau Tavengwa and journalist Dhashen Moodley
Tijuana: A Simple Plan
In 2009, Mexican architect Raul Cardenas Osuna enlisted a team of scientists, programmers and artists and to work for his organisation. At Torolab, he wanted them to tackle the biggest problem in the country: violent crime. After months of research, his complex team came up with a simple plan: Start a cookbook.
In the town of Camino Verde in Tijuana, Torolab's cookbook reconnected a traumatised community. They dramatically reduced crime rates. It’s working so well in Tijuana that they’re now trying it across the border in California.
Lagos: A Promised Land
Eko Atlantic, a private estate modelled on Dubai and built in Lagos, was called a "game changer" for Africa's real estate market. The multibillion-dollar project was meant to project Lagos's progress to the world, reviving its economic prospects. Even former US president Bill Clinton said so. But urban expert Olamide Udoma-Ejoh says Eko Atlantic feels more like a parasite.
Beirut: Condemned To Hope
Fashion designer George Azzi and Urbanist Mona Harb love Beirut. They have lived through the city's multiple crises and survived its tragedies. Both are optimistic and willing to fight for its survival. It's worth it; hope lives in Beirut, they say.
Rio de Janeiro: A Dilemma in Vidigal
Brazilian architect Pedro Henrique de Cristo moved into a Rio favela called Vidigal, determined to do work with impact. After years running a celebrated project in the neighbourhood, things went awry. But in the process of working in Vidigal, Pedro learnt that even good ideas have their limits.
Mumbai: Built Up, Fed Up!
What do the world's second most expensive private home, a spate of serial bombings, and a seemingly innocuous statute titled “Floor Space Index Regulations” (also known as Air Rights) have in common? Anthropologist Vyjyanthi Rao, who has spent twenty years immersed in a fast-changing Mumbai’s urban politics, helps us make the connection.
Cape Town: It's Complicated
Bo Kaap, a once close-knit community in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre survived South Africa’s draconian apartheid-era laws. Now, its residents feel under threat from an influx of newcomers and commercial development. They also have to fess up to the community’s complicated history...